Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 13th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:22am on Saturday 13th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
3-7m/s
Variable
This report
Saturday 13th December 2014, 8:22am
25cm
Friday 12th December 2014, 8:20am 15cm
Thursday 11th December 2014, 8:55am 2cm
Wednesday 10th December 2014, 8:30am 20cm
Tuesday 9th December 2014, 8:20am 14cm
Monday 8th December 2014, 9:16am 4cm
Sunday 7th December 2014, 8:50am 40cm
Last 7 reports (total): 120cm
Last 14 reports (total): 181cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 181cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 211cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:22am on Saturday 13th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko, which seems to be - and almost certainly is - getting busier by the day. There's an atmosphere building... and it's a good one!

Before I get onto the main report, and lots to report this morning, if you haven't already heard the Niseko Hanazono folk are participating in the SnowJapan Prize Draw. There are 10 Niseko All Mountain lift tickets to win from SnowJapan this season - along with a whopping 390 others from resorts around Japan to win.

Full details and how to enter here:

http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/lift-ticket-prize-draw

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25cm of fresh snow to report again this morning, and another very cold start to the day. It's well down below zero. Brrr, as they say. Or perhaps we should say 'samui'.

Conditions should be excellent, and with snow forecast to continue falling conditions should remain so.

Night skiing (nighta) on the mountain starts from today of course, and I have added info on which lifts are planned to be open below.

Niseko Grand Hirafu also open their Free Ride Park today, which can be found next to the King Number 1 Pair lift, and also the Hirafu Kids Snow Park.

It's still early season of course so all of these things may not be in full swing just yet, but good to see things opening up.

Large parts of the mountain are now open so we're nearly there...

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 15cm of crystal snow. Calm morning with no development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 600m: -7C, 20cm and light development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: NW16m/s at Benkei cape. Anupuri 1000m: -10C, 1.2m snowpack, light snow. Peak data not available.

Light snowfall and mild wind has continued under moderate winter weather pattern. Out of bounds area is still full of small trees and sasa-bamboo and not ready for riding. Still a few dumps needed. Gates will be kept closed for a while.
Slides from Dec 10th layer are to be expected in steep spots under lift-lines. A small avalanche can easily bury a person at the bottom. Please do not ski under the lifts.
Beware of hitting trees and ruin the season.
Streams are still not fully buried, be careful not to fall in and freeze.
This information is made for the safety of all resort users.
The snow is excellent today.

(Many thanks as always to the Niseko Avalanche folk producing the reports each season; published with permission)

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Here's what is planned to be open today (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Courses:
Family Course, Sen-no-ki, Alpen, Detour for Beginners, Green, Onsenzawa, Center, Shirakaba, Kokutai, Kogen, Ni-Kabe, Jumbo, Parallel, Rinkan, Setsuzoku, Jumbo, Parallel, Holiday
Lifts:
Ace Family Lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Ace Number 3 lift, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift, Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 Triple lift, Swinging Monkey.
Night skiing lifts:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono
Courses: Stairway to Heaven, Silver Dream, Legend of Shinya, Yotei Sunset, Crystal Garden
Lifts: All 3 quad lifts operating
Night skiing lifts: No night skiing at Hanazono

Niseko Village
Courses:
Final Fling, Shaky Knees, Next Stage, Banzai, Cruiser, Don't Blink, beginners course from Gondola, Junkyard, Namara (part ungroomed), Jagaimo (ungroomed), Misoshiru (ungroomed)
Lifts:
Niseko Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair
Night skiing lifts:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair until 8pm.

Niseko Annupuri
Courses:
Paradise, Family, Challenge, Marchen, Dynamic, Junior, Utopia, Shirakaba, Silver (9 out of 13 courses open)
Lifts:
Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo Number 1 Quad, Jumbo Number 2 Pair, Jumbo Number 3 Pair

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Official snow depth numbers at the time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 170cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 100cm
Base - 70cm

Annupuri:
Top - 130cm
Base - 90cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See report for details

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 13th December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 13th December 2014
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2014/2015
*as of Saturday 13th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
13th December 25cm 20cm 0cm
12th December 15cm 4cm 2cm
11th December 2cm 1cm 40cm
10th December 20cm 0cm 40cm
9th December 14cm 10cm 20cm
8th December 4cm 12cm 10cm
7th December 40cm 15cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 120cm 62cm 122cm
Previous 14 days total 181cm 88cm 199cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total - 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total - 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 211cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 13th December 2014
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
181cm
[211cm]
-
[211cm]
-
[211cm]
-
[211cm]
-
[211cm]
-
[211cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
178cm
[1037cm]
113cm
[1150cm]
13cm
[1163cm]
0cm
[1163cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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